Knowledge and Innovation: A Comparative Study Of  The Usa, The Uk And Japan by Helen BrownKnowledge and Innovation: A Comparative Study Of  The Usa, The Uk And Japan by Helen Brown

Knowledge and Innovation: A Comparative Study Of The Usa, The Uk And Japan

byHelen BrownEditorHelen Brown

Hardcover | November 12, 2007

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This new book presents case studies from the US, the UK and Japan. Packed full of vignettes from cases studies and subscribing to a socio-cultural approach rather than the often tacit assumption that knowledge and 'technology transfer' is a logistical problem, this excellent volume illuminates the often misunderstood process of knowledge transfer.

Arguing that partnership between public and private sector organizations can take many forms, some of which are very complicated Brown shows that 'partnership' should not be prescribed as a panacea for the delivery of complex policy in education, health and economic regeneration. Instead policy makers need to adopt a much more subtle and sophisticated concept of multi-agency partnership that acknowledges the time and effort needed to build trust and new shared practices.

Taking issue with weak theories of change endemic in some policies and emphasizing the process of knowledge creation and the significance of consequent changes in the dynamics of human relations Brown conceptualizes innovation as collaboration between diverse organizations and individuals, the result of which is organizational learning.

This book will be of great interest to students and researchers interested in policy studies, business and management and education, as well as policy makers engaged with communities of practice theory.


Helen Brown, born in 1954, is one of New Zealand's widest read, longest running columnists and a best-selling author. In 1991 she was awarded a Nuffield Press Fellowship to Cambridge University, UK. Helen has written nine books including: Florascope, In Deep, Clouds of Happiness, Tomorrow When It's Summer, and A Slice of Banana Cake. H...
Title:Knowledge and Innovation: A Comparative Study Of The Usa, The Uk And JapanFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublished:November 12, 2007Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415416639

ISBN - 13:9780415416634


Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview  2. The Theoretical Lanscape of Knowledge Transfer  3. A Natural History of my Research Methodology  4. Reconstruction Subject Perspectives  5. Horizontal Expansion of the Object by Collaboration of Experts  6. Mediation between Activity Systems of Unequal Agency  7. The Impact of Complexity and Power Dynamics on Organizational Learning  8. Using Evaluation as a Tool for Learning  9. Insights from the Research Findings  10. A Toolkit to Support Organizational Learning  11. Conclusions